Optometry relief and support resources

The AOA is committed to supporting and serving members during this urgent crisis resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. This page provides a list of aid resources and information to help doctors of optometry find critical financial relief and business support. Resources specifically for optometry students and recent grads will be coming soon.

Information about the COVID-19 Economic Impact Payments 

Details about your Economic Impact Payment are now available through the IRS Information Center. For most taxpayers, payments are automatic and no further action is needed. This includes taxpayers who filed tax returns in 2018 and 2019 and most seniors and retirees.

  • You can qualify for a payment if your income is under certain level and you cannot be claimed by another individual as a dependent.
  • If you didn't file federal taxes in 2019 and did not plan to, you may need to provide additional information to the IRS in order to receive your stimulus check. Access the application information.
  • You can check the status of your stimulus payment

AOA's COVID-19 response offers immediate crisis relief, recovery assistance

The AOA understands the unique economic challenges facing the profession, which is why the AOA Board of Trustees developed a comprehensive, $5.5 million crisis relief and recovery assistance package. 

In summary, the plan includes:

  • Immediate AOA dues relief—All AOA dues are waived for two months forall members.
  • Dues and assessment freeze—AOA membership dues and assessmentto be maintained at current levels at least through 2021.
  • Direct program reprioritization—The AOA is dedicating an organizationwide response to the immediate crisis-related concerns of doctors andaffiliates, extending all AOA advocacy activities (federal, state, payerand media), communications, AOAExcel®, practice tools and more.
  • Direct affiliate supportx—The AOA established a $500,000 fund to assistdistressed affiliates.
  • Long-term relief for doctors—The AOA is working to establish an AOAFoundation Optometry Recovery Fund to aid optometry practices, inpartnership with industry friends.

Additional details regarding the relief plan will be communicated in the coming weeks and we will continue to update this page as more information become available. If you have any questions or wish to speak to someone directly, please contact Kara Webb, AOA's director of coding & regulatory policy, at KCWebb@aoa.org.

AOA member, Christopher Stansbury, O.D., was a guest speaker at a recent Presidential news conference discussing how the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) provided much-needed relief during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The White House, April 28, 2020, "President Trump Delivers Remarks on Supporting Our Nation's Small Businesses." Retrieved from youtu.be/id3s95FB7CI.